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Thats a lot of ATM's, the offcial number in Aust 30,316 and 788k EFTPOS terminals

I am not familar with ATM, operating systems, although I do recall a time when a lot were running OS2

I have to wonder if they are running on full blown Windows XP or Windows XP Embedded for Point of Service, which seems far more likely.

It would be wasteful to pay the license fees for full Windows XP to have an environment that runs a single, discrete application. One of the core licensing requirements of Windows XP Embedded for Point of Service is you can only run one application at a time on it. Which if you think about it, isn't a major limitation on cash registers or...ATM machines (or other applications).

The problem isn't as much the software as it is the hardware under it.

You think the number of ATM machines exposed is something? Microsoft just about owns the point of service terminal market - self checkout machines? Think 90% market share. The number of terminals still running MS DOS today is stunning. The funny thing is I would expect those old MS DOS sales terminals are likely pretty bullet proof from a hacking stand point. Think Battlestar Galactica - they are most likely off the Internet, maybe connected within the store where data is uploaded via computer once a day.

The Windows XP ATMs and sales terminals are likely far more exposed. This could be a BOOM for Microsoft, if they have their act together in this segment - or it could be a huge opening for Android and Linux.
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